Party Panache, Baby Ham & CheeZee Bites

Guess what?  These little magic muffins are full of zucchini!

ham & cheese muffins

Plus cheese, onion, and ham with eggs and a little Panko to bind everything together

ham cheezees

Light and tasty, perfect for parties, tailgates, picnics, brunch~

zucchini muffins with ham

And you can make them ahead of time and keep them in your freezer


Grate zucchini and let it drain on paper towels


While zucchini is draining sauté onion on medium low until it starts to caramelize and turn golden


Pat and squeeze zucchini dry and place in a mixing bowl and add onion.  Place ham in skillet and increase heat to medium high and cook slices 1-2 minutes to get some color on them


Chop ham, and add it to the mixing bowl along with Panko, cheese and eggs


Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder


Mix well


Spoon or scoop into well greased mini muffin pans


Use your fingers to gently press strays back into the muffins, and place your pan on a baking sheet because as these cook they expand a little and juices can ooze out

Zucchini muffins

NOTE:  Do not use paper liners as muffins will stick to the paper.  Silicone pans make baking so easy, muffins and cupcakes will pop right out.  After cooling you can place the muffins in decorative papers if desired

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Baby Ham & CheeZee Bites

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 30


  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 large sweet onion diced
  • 4 slices ham
  • 4 oz. Manchego cheese grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Panko plain breadcrumbs
  • dash of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 T butter with a dash of olive oil OR 1-2 T bacon grease


  • Saute onion in bacon grease or butter and olive oil, low and slow about 20 minutes. Meanwhile grate zucchini and let drain on paper towels for 10 minutes. Grate cheese.
  • Pat zucchini as dry as possible. Place in a large mixing bowl. Remove onion with a slotted spoon and add to zucchini in bowl. Turn burner up to medium high and quickly saute ham slices to get a little color and caramelization on them. Remove and chop into small pieces. Add to bowl along with grated cheese. Beat eggs and add to bowl along with bread crumbs and a dash of garlic powder. Season with a little salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Spray mini muffin pans well with olive oil spray. Spoon in zucchini mixture, filling tins to the top and gently pushing ingredients down. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes, until golden. Let sit for several minutes to set and then carefully remove from pan and cool. Makes about 30 mini muffins


Do not use paper liners as muffins will stick to them. Place muffin tins on a baking sheet in case the muffins bubble over
Keyword baby ham & cheese bites, lo carb muffins, mini muffins, zucchini muffins
ham cheezees

Betcha can’t eat just one  😋

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18 Responses to “Party Panache, Baby Ham & CheeZee Bites”
  1. Nancy says:

    Oh my goodness, those look scrumptious! I think I’ll have them all now, think I can even smell them…ahhh!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Sunday~

  2. lulu says:

    Appetizers are the hardest things for me to make, so I’m always looking for a recommendation for something that is tasty and not so hard to put together.

  3. these look so good!

  4. These are like a little meal! All the food groups included. I could definitely eat them and call it dinner!

  5. Mary says:

    Love these little tasty bites Jenna! What a great way to use some of summer’s bounty with the addition of the zucchini too! I love the idea of having a batch in the freezer too 🙂

  6. These look delicious! Perfect for those busy mornings. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

  7. Lynn says:

    Perfect tailgating food:@)

  8. FABBY says:

    What a great recipe, it looks wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Have a lovely week.

  9. JESS44903 says:

    These sound so delicious! YUM!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  10. These look so good and would be so easy to overeat!!

  11. queenofthewilsonhousehold says:

    What a great way to add veggies into a meal! This sounds like a great breakfast item to freeze and have during the week. I have heard that those silicone trays are great for baking, but I’ve never tried them.

  12. This is such a great recipe – I can’t wait to try it! I love your suggestion of freezing extras for later, too. Thanks so much for sharing at the Talented Tuesday Link Party!

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